Creator of The Wire
The Audacity of Despair: The Decline of the American Empire and What's in it for You...
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 7PM
UWM Student Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television writer/producer, who is perhaps best known as the creator of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series The Wire (2002-2008), for which he served as executive producer and head writer for all 5 seasons. The Wire depicted a dystrophic American city contending with a fraudulent drug war, the loss of its industrial base, political and educational systems incapable of reform and a media culture oblivious to all of the above.
Simon will offer his perspective on race, class, culture and capitalism in contemporary America, and leave you wondering whether facing despair may be more productive than holding on to hope in the process of recognizing and solving the complex and interwoven problems of our society.
Simon spent 12 years covering crime for the Baltimore Sun (1983-1995) and wrote two works of narrative nonfiction: Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991) and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood (1997). Homicide became the basis for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-99) and The Corner was adapted into an HBO mini-series (2000) that won three Emmy Awards. Simon also co-created the HBO series Treme, about race, politics and music in post-Katrina New Orleans, which aired its fourth and final season in 2013.
Simon was selected as one of the 2010 MacArthur Fellows and named an Utne Reader visionary in 2011.He also writes for The New Yorker, Esquire and The Washington Post, among other publications.
|Advance Tickets available at Union Info Desk or by calling (414) 229-4825||Tickets at the Door|
|Free for UWM Students||Free for UWM Students|
|$8 - Non-UWM Students||$10 - Non-UWM Students|
|$10 - Campus Community||$12 - Campus Community|
|$12 - General Public||$14 - General Public|
Advanced tickets available March 23rd.
Sponsored by UWM Student Involvement, Union Sociocultural Programming, the Urban Studies Program, the UWM Center for Economic Development, the Cultures and Communities Program, the ACLU Student Alliance and other campus partners.